By Alexandrea Venuto
CCC Journalism Program
Abortion has become a heated issue in this year’s presidential election. Democrat Hillary Clinton supports abortion rights and believes women should be allowed to decide whether to get one. Republican Donald Trump wants to outlaw abortion.
Camden County College student Kayla Cerrone, 18, favors Trump’s stance on abortion. She says she opposes abortion because it kills the unborn.
“There is a living human being in women. Whether they are born yet or not, they are still living, they have a heart beat just as we do, they feel just as we do,” says Cerrone. “Whether it is one month or six months into the pregnancy, a human life is still being taken away from this world.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 210 of every 1,000 pregnancies end in an abortion.
“That is very sad to hear and read,” says Cerrone. “People need to start realizing that what they are doing is wrong and they are physically ending a life.”
The primary responsibility of the federal government is to protect the rights of its citizens, Trump stated. “Life is the most fundamental right. The federal government should not diminish this right by denying its protection. I am opposed to abortion except for rape, incest and life of the mother. I oppose the use of government funds to pay for abortions.”
Camden County College student DaQuan Rogers, 20, likes Clinton but agrees with Trump’s position on abortion.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and decision, but taking a living life away and completely out of this world is awful and needs to be put to an end,” says Rogers. “Although people still do get abortions, they still feel guilty afterward. Sometimes they are just not prepared for a kid, and that’s OK, they should just be more careful with their actions.”
Student Ryan Matthews favors Clinton’s stance on abortion.
“Although some see abortion as wrong and unfair, I see it the same as Clinton does,” says Matthews. “Every woman should be able to make their own decisions. It is her life not ours to make the choice for her.”
Politicians should not interfere with women’s health decisions, Clinton stated. “I will oppose efforts to roll back women’s access to reproductive health care, including Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. As president, I’ll stand up for Planned Parenthood and women’s access to critical health services, including safe, legal abortion.”